Kedleston Park Golf Club

 

Nigel Cleaver became Kedleston Park Golf Club's 63rd Captain

at the Annual General Meeting  27th November 2014

 

Captain's Journal

 

15th November 2015

Bradley Moore with his Outstanding Achievment award, he also went on to win Derbyshire's Young Sportsman of the Year award

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8th November 2015

New Members Day at Kedleston Park Golf Club

A fabulous day at the Club, as ever. A nine hole Texas Scramble with lots of our new members joining forces with the incoming captains and committee. Great weather, great golf, great food and superb company (Paul and Shaun) making for a special day!

 

 

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6th November 2015

Kedleston Park Golf Club, Champions Dinner and Presentation

A great night at the Club celebrating the achievements of the great and good. Particular highlights, of many, was Guy's thanks to the golfing gods for their latest miracle, Keith McCormick our Club Champion and the special award made to Bradley mapping out his incredible achievements (so far)!!!

 

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4th November 2015

A very sad day, words are not enough... Rest in peace Olly

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31st October 2015

Final Qualifying Competition of the year

The year, gone in a flash!

 

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28th October 2015

The crowds gathered...

in anticipation of the arrival of esteemed past Captain Mr. Chris Tizard! Lovely to see Chris again bang on form keeping everyone laughing and smiling!

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25th October 2015

Junior Prize Presentation

A full house for the end of season presentation. Youngsters and parents alike enjoying the achievements of all the Juniors! Particular thanks to Jan Cunningham for all the hard work put in this year and of course Phil Richards for his tireless efforts encouraging and coaching the Juniors to massive handicap reductions and personal triumphs. Well done all!

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25th October 2015

Juniors v The Men (!) End of season match

A fine morning welcomed the four teams for games that were played in a fantastic spirit. The boys ran out winners in a closely fought affair (!) A glorious Sunday lunch was enjoyed by all with the winning Captain accepting the Shield graciously.

The only adult team to win their match ( the Chairman played well)

Zach

 

Ross

 

The Winners enjoying the moment

 

Winning Captain Matt Pepper

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24th October 2015

England v Rest of the World

Always a date lots of us look out for when the diary is published. A record turnout of 52 players made for a fantastic match with England running out winners 8.5 v 4.5 to maintain the home team's recent dominance! As ever the meal was superb and the wine flowed! Lots of people got up to speak with tales of their day, some were more warmly received than others!

A fantastic day, thanks to everyone for supporting the event, first competed for back in the 70's!

The athletes prepare...

 

Rest of the World Captain in Alvin Stardust impersonation shock!

 

On the 18th

 

RB talking tactics after the event...

 

Not everyone can win!

 

The result

 

Happy days!

 

England again!

 

The staff were fabulous in trying times!

 

Everyone's friend Wilson Howden!

 

Then it was open mic'!

 

 

Nish being talked at....

 

Fabulous!

 

Billy started well...

 

Then started to mention his 18 month battle with illness and the impact on his once flawless golf game!

 

Carnage

 

Sit down man!

 

Side splitting with not a dry eye in the house!

 

Customary sing song led by Brian

 

With Billy as the chorus line!

 

Something about a flower and Scotland...

 

New member Mike the teacher introduced himself to great acclaim!

 

Nish finally broke free and uttered his first words for seven hours! A game with Kenny can be somewhat disarming...

 

Our Chairman recounts the victory of the day....

 

Billy has another go

Parting words....

 

Goodbye dear friends!

 

Is met with more flying napkins!!!!

 

Cheerio Billy!

 

Bye again my friends!

 

Cheerio again Billy!!

 

No really get off!

 

Just one more thing....

 

Bye yet again dear friends!!!

 

Jack finally sent him on his way!

 

A fantastic night!

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18th October 2015

The Midlands Boys Under 16 County Cup

Nine Counties from across the Midlands came to Kedleston again to compete for the Under 16 County Cup. Derbyshire ran out winners last year only to finish 7th this year. Nottinghamshire picked up the trophy with a fantastic score!

Lunch with the Chairman and Past President of the Midlands Golf Union... and friend of the Club Mr John Rawson President of the Derbyshire Union of Golf Clubs

 

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18th October 2015

The Flower Garden's Party

Poppy and Daisy invited lots of their friends to the Club for their joint birthday party. Everything superb as ever!

 

 

 

 

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17th October 2015

The Malcolm Bell Shield

First Team v Second Team end of season match in memory of Malcolm Bell.  A fine day with the match played in excellent spirit with the first team running out winners 5 - 2. Ian played very well (again) shooting 66 making matters difficult for Phil and Brian, nonetheless a fabulous day. Thanks to all the players on the day as well as those others who have represented the Club so well throughout the year. A special thank you to Mr Brian Penney and Mr Ian Neal for their hard work and dedication in running the respective teams this year!

 

 

 

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16th October 2015

Captain's Charity Shotgun at Kedleston Park Golf Club

With all the tees full I'm looking forward to a great day at the Club. Breakfast is served from 10am with the shotgun start at 12. Please register your team in the clubhouse where your starting tee will be allocated. A brief presentation and prize giving will be held in the bar afterwards.

It was a great day! A fine breakfast, Kenny got klaxoned and a fabulous atmosphere in the bar reminiscent of days gone by!

Thanks to everyone for your support.

 

Fourth place!

 

Third place!

 

Second place!

 

Our winners!

 

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13th October 2015

Burns Ramsden Promotions present A Gentlemen's Evening with Willie Thorne and Billy Flywheel.

It's non-stop on the social side of the Club, this should be interesting... and it was superb! A great night getting the inside track on the world of snooker with Willie and the 'wonderment' of Billy! A fabulous night organised by Kenny and Compo!!

Compo and Olly!

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12th October 2015

Our Captain elect 

The time draws near! I'm about to pick up the Captain elect and introduce him to the past Captains at 6pm....

A great evening at the Club with over 20 past Captains welcoming our Captain elect Richard!

Congratulations to Richard Smith! We look forward to a great year Richard!

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11th October 2015

White Smoke meeting

The new Captain (elect) was chosen, tracked down and will be unveiled tomorrow evening at the Club! Happy days!

First to arrive was me, Chris and Bill. A coffee was required after a long night!

Just a little food to wash it down with!

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10th October 2015

Captain's Table

My (nearly) final social event at the Club and a great night was had by all. Great food, great company and a dance floor heaving made for a fabulous night! Great turn out too, thank you all!

 

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5th October 2015

Leo Feeney Memorial Pro-Am

A fantastic time in great company (Jimmy, Ian and Robert) we got off to a great start only to fall away. Highlight of the day was the two birdies on 1, from myself and Jimmy!

Winners were Messrs Cliffe, Spencer, Hall and Robinson from Ashbourne and Mr. G Woolgar won from the pro' rank, well played all!

Past Captains of Ashbourne in the winning team. Kevin Taylor catching up with 40 winks before returning to fatherly duties!

 

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4th October 2015

David Speed Trophy

A wonderful day playing against the Lady Captain's team in the David Speed trophy. Sue was able to join us for dinner too making a lovely day very special indeed!

Special thanks to my partner Lynn who helped us to a victory over Robbie and Teresa McGregor, no small feat indeed!

My team ran out winners 6 - 1, thank you all!

 

 

 

 

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3rd October 2015

First Team match v Sherwood

5 - 1 victors against our friends from over the border. Performance of note on the day was Ian's who was 7 under walking off the 10th green and posted 11 birdies in total! Always an education.

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30th September 2015

Boolers Golf Day, Little Aston

A fabulous day at Little Aston courtesy of Boolers and of course the inimitable David Ball. Great company too partnered by a stellar Kedleston team who raced to the lead on the front 9 only to race to mid table mediocrity on the back. My shoulders were killing me at the end!!!!

 

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29th September 2015

Chevin

Rob's debut at Chevin, the weather was spectacular as it proved to be all week.

 

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27th September 2015

Junior Coaching

The girls out again with Phil on a beautiful autumn morning!

 

 

 

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25th September 2015

Captain's Away Day Thrybergh Golf Club

50 of us went away and I had a great time, thank you everyone for your support!

Heart warming indeed.

The imposing 200 year old neo-gothic Clubhouse

 

The team leaves the coach having arrived at Thrybergh (like Wembley)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Early favourite for the Crocodile Dundee look alike award!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hearty breakfast!

 

Captain and IPC

 

The putting green

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IPC on 3

Mr Crick on 2

 

Nish putting

 

and again...

 

The 19th hole...

 

The lads come in...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cap', Croc' and Jonny Gee!

Consternation in the changing room. Some wag decided to switch everyone's clothes. What larks!

 

Drinks before dinner

 

 

 

Splendid atmosphere and great food.

 

 

 

 

 

IPC, nearest the pin on 9, no-one more surprised than him!

 

 

Chris nearest the pin in two on 17.

 

 

 

Tom and Mark

 

Our second placed team!

 

Our winners with 41 points Mike and Nick. Thanks for the kind words gentlemen too!

 

A quick trip home but some still had 40 winks

 

 

It turned out to be a late night at the Club.

 

There's no place like home!

 

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20th September 2015

Uttoxeter Races

 

Andy had a box at the races to celebrate Mandy's birthday. We all had a great time!

 

 

 

 

 

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18th September 2015

Chairman, Captain and Past Captains Dinner

 

 

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18th September 2015

Seniors Open

Fantastic turn out for the Seniors Open. Over 140 took part and the Club received rave reviews.

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13th September 2015

Junior Open, Junior Champ!

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12th September 2015

Autumn Cup

Close but no cigar, okay not so close! Always going to be a good day though. Me with GD!

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5th September 2015

Professional's Day

Great support for Ian, both on the day and at night at the Club!

Henry was wary about playing in front of Wilson again, especially having been run down by him last time out. High Vis' jacket still may not do the trick! 

 

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1st September 2015

Members Q & A Night

 

 

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31st August 2015

KPGC Gray Salvers

 

 

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20th August 2015

La Manga, a well earned break with the family!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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17th August 2015

Professional, Captain Challenge John o' Gaunt Golf Club

An early start and a glorious day for the full field looking to qualify for the finals in Turkey. We had not played the course before though that didn't stop Ian who played well, we finished fourth with score of 5 under, beaten only by two scores of 6 under and the winners from Channels Golf Club scoring 11 under to play in the finals in November. Good luck to them. We had the pleasure of the company of the Captain and Professional of Hawarden Golf Club. Steve and Alex were excellent company and if you're in the area (Chester races) look them up, you'll not be disappointed.

The first tee at John o' Gaunt

 

The 18th green and fairway with the putting green in the foreground 

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16th August 2015

The Kedleston Goose

A full field of 72 contested The Kedleston Goose. Defending Champion, Jack Gaunt retained his title with sparkling rounds of 69 and 68 to win handsomely. Thanks to Ian Walley, Rob Simpson and our starter Eddie Beadsmoore for organising a faultless day! 

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13th August 2015

Another Summer Camp for Kedleston's Juniors. The Flower Garden had a great time once again!

Daisy fires another one away!

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12th August 2015

Poppy turns 10!!!!! Happy birthday and many happy returns of the day Poppy! 

 

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9th August 2015

Myself and Joe Redmond entertained our friends from Birstall Golf Club in a Sunday morning challenge. Quite the coincidence in that my best man (Brass) when Clare and I married has a brother (Mick) who went to school with Joe. We took Joe and Mick on and won the day. However, Di, Clare, Poppy and Daisy joined us for lunch to make it a memorable day. A fantastic time was had by all. Rematch?

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2nd and 3rd August 2015

National Police Championships at Kedleston Park

A fabulous two days culminating in some sparkling golf with Welshman Gareth Hodges (3 handicap from Harpenden Common GC), from the Met', winning with 73 and 71 gross! A worthy winner. Fine scoring and rave reviews for the course, catering/bar and staff. Particular thanks to Jack Russell and Carl Barker who did a fantastic job in organising the event, raising the profile of the Club still higher. Thank you gentlemen.

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2nd August 2015

Birstall Golf Club v Kedleston Park Golf Club

It's always a pleasure to visit Birstall which was presented very well after hosting the Midland Open. Thanks to Jan for organising the team along with Mick of Birstall, it made for a great day where we ran out winners 5 - 2. The mixed events are always well supported and always played in an exceptional spirit. My personal thanks to Connie for joining me, we had a great match and managed to keep our unbeaten run going. A lovely day!

 

Connie on the tee

 

Eileen and Ian on 18...

 

watching on as Birstall's lady captain holes out!

 

Birstall's charming Lady Captain 2014, Chris, with Mick and Karen

 

All very good company

 

 

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1st August 2015

Kedleston Park Golf Club v Matlock Golf Club

Sixteen a side made for big field in this annual match. Blessed by the weather and very good company the Club ran out winners in a most enjoyable day. Thanks to our professional, Ian, for another free lesson, he recorded seven birdies and an eagle for a 63! Tough to compete with at any level. Thanks of course to all for representing the Club, it is much appreciated!

Matlock's Captain Ian

 

Kenny and Joe in 'Turn away food' shock!

 

Christian, Matlock's pro' fires at 7

 

After match discussions, 'the one's that got away'!

 

Jimmy treats himself to a pot of tea

 

It wasn't decaf"!!!

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27th July 2015

Kedleston Park Golf Club v Barmy Army

An interesting day with our friends from Walmley Golf Club, Tim and Ian, joining me and Andy on the 1st tee in this shotgun start. There was an issue with the starting klaxon in that it went off on the back-swing of a gentleman man teeing off on 10. Don't know how that could have happened! Video evidence has been secured, if you would like to view the recording please feel free to ask as I have it on my phone. By all accounts it is very funny!!!!!

A stellar score of 20 under won the day, which was completed by a trick shot show on the first tee and later an impromptu Q & A with our very own, Rod Thomas, Billy Hughes, Gerry Daly and Kenny Burns, it was a fantastic night!

Tim, Walmley's GM.

 

 

Me!

 

 

Ian 'Lanny' Watkins

 

Andy

 

Trickster!

 

Plucks Webbo out of the audience, he missed!

It's an optical illusion, the big tee is the same size in all of these pics! Rambo missed!

 

As did Kenny!

Big JW picks it up off the top and booms it down the first!

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26th July 2015

Walmsley Plate

In the driving rain myself and the Lady Captain played well going out though found trouble coming home for a second place finish. Di and Jo Redmond played well for the win, well played both!

This photograph was taken by Guy. Even his phone sees the world in sepia!

 

At Guy's expense...

 

He now twigs, but doesn't care!

 

 

Daisy

 

Poppy

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26th July 2015

Junior Coaching at Kedleston Park Golf Club

A late start in the Walmsley Plate allowed me to take the Flower Garden to their lessons with Phil. The weather held off long enough for all the group to display just how far they have come, fantastic. Well done Phil and well done to all the juniors!

Daisy fires one away!

 

and another as Poppy looks on!

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23rd July 2015

Midland Masters at Kedleston Park Golf Club

Delighted to join our professional Ian in the Pro-Am with Andy and Kenny. A respectable mid-table finish though a very good day. Congratulation to Craig Shave who won the Professional's event the following day with -6 total for 36 holes in the rain, well played Craig.

 

Well played Craig!

 

Kenny weighs up Rebecca's Challenge!

 

She fires another one close on 16. 

 

 

Fred picks up the gauntlet!

 

 

As did Dave

 

and of course Duncan, all to no avail....

 

Even their pro' gave it a shot...

 

 A charming young lady indeed!

 

 

I couldn't rise to the challenge!

 

Nor Andy...

 

or Ken... though they gave him their telephone numbers...

 

How it should be done!

 

Great food to finish the day and a well earned beer, especially for Ian! 

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19th July 2015

KPGC Senior's Championship

The course was once again presented very well with testing conditions for the early starters. Mr. David Wall won best net, congratulations.

Mr. Howard Holliday was crowned Senior's Club Champion with an excellent 76, well played sir!

Mr Peter Sterling beaten only on count-back!

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18th July 2015

KPGC on tour

We had a great time away at Chester races celebrating the upcoming wedding of Aiden Murfin (Yes, a stag do) He put on his Sunday best and received many admiring comments!

 

Sam at the winning post

 

As was Happy Gilmour, Jerry Lewis or Norman Wisdom, depending on your age!

 

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11th/12th July 2015

Kedleston Park Golf Club Club Championship

I was delighted to make the cut and play in the second round of the Club Championship. However, I was more pleased to present the trophy to Mr Keith McCormack! Well played Sir! 

Congratulations too to Mr Richard Walker, who pushed Keith all the way, winning the best net prize.

Junior Captain Adam Feeney playing splendidly to win the President's Putter and young Henry performing marvellously as ever.

A fabulous atmosphere at the Club and great to be a part of it.

 

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10th july 2015

Quarndon Cricket Club Golf Day at KPGC

Having become a fixture in the Club's diary I was disappointed not to be able to play but delighted to support the event at the prize giving. Congratulations to Danny Lean on another successful day!

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9th July 2015

Whole In One Golf Day at Moortown Golf Club

Myself and the Chairman represented the Club at this spectacular event hosted by Whole in One Golf. I really enjoyed Moortown and played well, nearly having a hole in one twice on the same hole (8th). Ian played well as ever as did our partners Ian and Tim from Walmley Golf Club. We dropped our first shot on the last to record a score of 90 points coming in second by one point! Bittersweet indeed...

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5th July 2015

Kedleston Park Golf Club v Wollaton GC

A great game played against our friends from over the border Wollaton. Charming company all and we managed to sneak a win.

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4th July 2015

President's Day

Always a highlight in my year and great to see the extent of support for Mr. President. As ever, a perfect host!

The winning team ^

Mr Ralph Jones won the individual prize. Well done Ralph!

 

Mr President can charm anyone, a true gentleman!

 

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3rd July 2015

Kedleston Park Golf Club 2015 Gentlemen's Open

A great day with the lads supporting Club well. The course presented in excellent order, a good time was had late in the day too!

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30th June 2015

Lady Captain's Day

Delighted to support our Lady Captain on a wonderful summer's day at Kedleston. Fabulously supported by the ladies resplendent in Wimbledon colours!

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28th June 2015

Trixie Smith Mixed

Always a pleasure to play with the Lady Captain and today no exception. Partnered by Nick Phillips and Mandy Holliday, who were worthy winners. Mandy played really well to bring home the trophy, Nick's acceptance speech was memorable for the fact that he didn't acknowledge his partner's contribution. That said, by way of an apology, he did offer to conduct a Home Fire Safety Check free of charge!

 

Most importantly we were able to celebrate Eileen's 60th year as a Kedleston Park Golf Club member! An inspirational woman indeed!

 

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27th June 2015

Kedleston Park Invitation Day

Fabulous day at the Club, a full field with members and guests enjoying the course set out in immaculate fashion.

Myself and Kenny enjoyed the company of Dale and Jason from Shirland, to be fair we haven't seen them since!

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23rd June 2015

Whittington v Kedleston Park Golf Club

An away day at Whittington is always something to look forward to and once again it didn't disappoint. A narrow loss but enjoyable nonetheless!

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22nd June 2015

Thrybergh Golf Club

In anticipation of my Captain's away day in September we went to Thrybergh Golf Club for the day and had a great time. We took on Sheffield's finest in Malcolm and Rob who went out like a train going three up in four. Great putting and and cunning repartee wound them back in for an honourable half on the last. Kenny deliberate missing a three footer for the win! Not.

Happy days!

The imposing clubhouse, stunning outside and in!

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21st June 2015

Captain's Breakfast Charity Shotgun Challenge

A full field and thanks to all for turning out. A really great day that started at 0600hrs!

You need a good team and all to play well to win this prestigious event! Ahem!

Andy on 11

 

Nice to get closer than the Pro'!

He holed his putt though!

 

Athlete's breakfast!

 

Great company one and all

 

Paul collecting his teams runners up prize, a great new member at the Club!

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20th June 2015

Kedleston Park Golf Club v Rothley GC

A good day at the Club, a narrow victory secured and a commitment that the great social side to the fixture will be revisited!

 

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14th June

The Prince's Trust Charity Day at Kedleston Park Golf Club

Another great day at the Club raising approximately £6000 for The Prince's Trust, a very worthy cause. The sun shone on our beautiful course and a great day was had by all

Neil firing in to Nine

 

As is Paul, he got a four here. As did I!

 

Neil drove it to here on 12!

 

Paul, played well

 

The catering from Wildgoose was exceptional as ever as were the staff, Chaz, Hanna and Liv to name but three!

 

The lucky winner!

 

The inimitable Robert at the presentation delivering his closing remarks on another great year for The Prince's Trust at Kedleston Park Golf Club

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13th June

Captain's Summer Event

Most often pictures tell you more than words, we had a fantastic night getting home just before three!

Babycham on arrival!

 

Set out beautifully

 

The crowds arrive

 

 

 

 

Too cool, Gorgeous George!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brian and Margaret

 

Chocs away!

 

Nelson was superb!

 

Mr and Mrs Brogan strutting one's stuff!

 

Rambo dances to Nelson's tune!

 

Lord and Lady Superb, fabulous!

 

Caught dancing on the patio!

 

Mrs Nye, lovely as ever!

 

With IPC, charming company as ever!

 

No ghosts in this house!

 

And he did!

 

 

The boys!

 

Soul sisters!

 

Everyone in the house....

 

 

All smiles, with good reason!

 

Soul Time!

 

Out on the floor!

 

Romance is not dead

 

BOOM Indeed!

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7th June 2015

Kedleston Park v Cavendish Mixed Grensomes Match

A fantastic day where the Club ran out winners 5 - 3. The story was not in the score though, the spirit of the matches and the camaraderie shown made for a wonderful day. Not to mention another late night....

Captain Tony and Lady Captain Chris were superb company as was the inimitable Connie. We forged a spectacular partnership running out winners. We both are looking forward to defending the trophy next year at Cavendish. Happy days!

Connie and Chris on 12

 

Tony strides out to hole another putt

 

on 14

 

Connie hits at 16

 

 

Chris strikes a lovely ball, here eyeing down the 16th pin

 

Excellent

 

Connie drives, homeward bound!

 

Ian and Fiona who by all accounts played very well

 

The trophy

 

 

KC, Captain Tony and Connie holding court

 

 

To the winners the spoils...

 

Played in the best of spirits...

 

Just when we thought it safe to go home, a nightcap. If you were there you'll understand the joke. If not ask away in the bar!

 

Another late night for me though fabulous as ever, thank you to everyone!

 

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6th June 2015

Captain's Day

Well, I enjoyed that! Thank you all for making it a very special day for me and my family. Clare, Poppy and Daisy were made very welcome by you all (as ever) as was my Mother and Father who joined us for a couple of hours at lunch time. My Dad was particularly pleased to see old friends in Rod Thomas and Henry Newton, which made his day. My mum of course had a great time too, particularly seeing her dance partner Kenny again!

The help I received was fantastic, without which the day couldn't have happened. Emma, Michelle, Phil, Chas, Neil and all the staff really pulled out everything for me to make it such a success. Having the gazebo down on 7 was good for us all though a challenge for them. Ferrying all that food and drink to and fro was no easy task! Andy was excellent all day running around in a buggy and Emma and Michelle broke the land speed record in the gator, my Dad still has his heart in his mouth!

Thank you too to our Professional Ian, Phil and of course Jordan for their great support (as ever) on the day, superb!

Special mention needs to be made regarding our glamorous assistants. Liz (Mrs Rambo), Jean (Mrs Burns) and Linda (Mrs Hughes) who helped Clare and the girls feed and water everyone. Wonderful people giving up their time, I will always be in their debt, thank you ladies!

There were many non-playing visitors to the gazebo thank you all too.

Our playing visitors though provided much merriment! I was delighted to welcome through a full field, honoured indeed! Nearly 200 played and only 4 four balls kept all 4 golf balls dry! We tried to keep a rough tally of how many balls went in and we have settled on 60%!

I must say it was great to see everyone and chat, albeit briefly, to you all. Interesting for me too in that I saw some taking Drivers, 3-woods and others going through the back with sand wedges! Nearest the pin competition was compelling. I did ask David and his team to put the pin hard right, sorry! However, it did provide much sport. Having started the day off with the first four-ball at 0718 I raced round to 7 to welcome them again. Nick Goodwin was the first to hit in to 7 and put it to 10 feet with a wonderful PW, only to be outdone by Keith McCormack in the same four-ball! Keith held the prize for most of the day until Peter Buckley thinned a wedge, with action, to 4 feet!

Winners of the day were Steve Corden, John Waterson, Sean Hardingham and Martin Webster with a great score of 12 under. The conditions were testing to say the least but these lads rose to the challenge! Gentlemen, please spend your prize well in the Pro' shop and most importantly have a wonderful day's golf together at Woolaton Park!

Winners of the Past- Captains prize was Mr Jack Russell, Mr Kirkland, Mr Oates and Mr O'Neill, well played gentlemen and thank you for your kind words at the prize giving. We sat down to eat at 8pm, with a full house, and I was dancing with the Flower Garden till 11.30! They kept going all day and slept very, very well!

Everyone entered in to the spirit of the day for which I am truly grateful. Your contributions to my chosen charities, Derby Deaf Camp and Diabetes UK was outstanding, thank you all again. In addition we are now in a position to support a charity in Kenya, a school in fact that is close to Kevin Feeney. I will be making a donation to purchase books and equipment.

Last but not least may I also thank Eddie Beadsmore for getting you all off on time and of course a huge thank you to David Leatherland and all of the green keeping staff for presenting the course in such wonderful condition, thanks lads!

Finally, the following day we had the pleasure of hosting Cavendish Golf Club in a Mixed match. It was a little less blustery and the day went very well. I was explaining how much I had enjoyed the previous day and what a fiendish plan it was to place the pin on 7. The irony of it! Having won the 6th I had the honour on 7 only to see the pin was in the same spot!!!! It came back to bite me on the bum!

( I hit 9I to 10 feet, ask Connie) 

Thank you all once again for making this such a memorable day for me and my family.

 

First team out 0718

 

Nick leads the way

 

Followed by Jimmy

 

 The calm before the storm

 

The cavalry arrive in the gator (speed machine)

 

Waiting for the first to arrive

 

 

"Ha! Go on, get inside that"!

 

So Keith did!

 

 

Richard Szabo eyes down the pin!

 

 

Graham, Take One.

 

 

Graham, Take 2!

 

 

 

 

Flower Garden join the happy team!

 

Great shot Joe!

 

Leading Lady on the day!

 

 

Thanks Liz, for all your support! (literally)

 

 

"Are we missing one"?

 

 

Kelvin won a raffle prize too!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Daisy had a wonderful day. Thank you all.

 

As did big sister Poppy. Not a murmur from them all day, still dancing at 1130!

 

 

 

Shot! Chris got his two!

 

 

 

 

 

There's some mischief in this team!

 

 

League of Nations

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There's always one!

 

Made it in the end

 

Good shot from Anthony though!

 

And from Neil, right at the pin! Go, go, go.... Oh dear!

 

Ante-post favourites

 

Fred, nails another!

 

 David betters him...

 

Clarkey!

 

 

 

Some employed Caddies!

 

 

The lads

 

 Big lad!

 

Kenny's ball got wet. Jean didn't laugh, much!!!!

 

 

Golf World are interested in these shots!

 

The first Past Captains Team to come through provided much entertainment!

 

The inimitable Wilson

 

Peter, elegant as ever

 

Then there was our Immediate Past Captain Chris (who jumped in, see the other ball on the tee)

 

"Did I play out of turn"?

 

"Anyway, throw me another ball!

 

 

Past Captains

 

Mr President, also elegant as ever!

 

Mr Osbourne shows them how it is done!

 

 

Our Chairman

 

Robbie, Take One!

 

 

 

Past Captains

 

 

 

Daisy cutters don't work on 7!

 

 

 

Also heavily backed with the bookies....

 

 

Shot!

 

 

Nigel, takes time to pray!

 

Happy days!

 

 Great day indeed!

 

 The boys couldn't work out the pose! (Or the carry!)

 

Hard left to compensate!

 

All over the water. Though Phil found the trap and put his ball in the water with his second shot!

 

Our WINNERS! Hardingham, Webster, Waterson and Corden, well played! Webbo got a two!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Good swing Terry

 

 

 

Past Captains WINNERS, Oates, Kirkland, Russell and O'Neil!

 

 

Striking for home, get in gal!

 

All aboard!

 

Goodbye and thank you!

 

The Presentation - Winning Past Captains Team with a very proud Daisy!

  

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4th June 2015

Kedleston Golf Challenge

A glorious evening saw the much anticipated Nine Hole Challenge between Mike and Phil. Shots (!) were taken all round and Mike went out to an early lead though Phil clawed (!) it back to earn a honourable draw. Dinner on the patio afterwards was enjoyed by all, not least the Flower Garden cheerleaders and the glorious caddies Michelle and Emma!

Mike reveals the secret of his success

 

The girls settle in

 

Jan pinching chips again!

 

Phil, cool as you like, considers now a 'Bake off' challenge!

 

31st May 2015

Open AmAm for the Junior Trust

Virtually a full field took part in the Open AmAm to raise funds for the Junior Trust. My team went out last, well when I say team i mean that in the loosest definition of the word! Suffice to say we didn't win the day, the penultimate four ball went on to win the spoils with a score of 80. They were from The Warwickshire and remarked that it was an annual fixture for them as they enjoy the Course so much. Many comments were made as to the quality of the Course and numbers have now swelled for the Gentlemen's Open on July 3rd. Which is an individual competition!!!

Aiden fires in to Six

 

Waiting expectantly for Rob

 

Rob on 16

 

As is Aiden

 

Big lad off the tee waiting for the green to clear!

 

Nothing can get me down, what divot!!!

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30th May 2015

1st Team v Beau Desert (Away)

My debut at Beau and I thoroughly enjoyed it. A fantastic welcome and brunch from their Captain Colin and Pro' Barry preceded a 20 man (and boys) team taking on the locals. As ever I enjoyed the company of Ian who had a two on their par 4 Stroke index 1! We played well and raced to a 2up lead, pegged back and took the lead again only to go one down on 17! 

Ian got up and down from the green side bunker on 18 for a win and to halve the match, fantastic! Probably the right result. Stellar performances from all though as the team romped to 2.5 v 7.5 away victory, outstanding!

Special mention should go to young Henry and Alex who won the anchor match against older boys too! A credit to the Club.

Thanks for all the support gentlemen. I'm now looking forward to the Rothley match on home soil!

 

Mark sizing up the greens

 

Barry and Ian (Pro's) chat. Well, Barry talked and Ian listened!

(Ian and Alex exchanged texts with regard as to what to wear)

 

Captains and Pro's

 

Blurry shot of Henry, taken from the Clubhouse. Misinformed (!) Henry fires his second close to the gorse etc on the Par 5 18th.

Though puts it to here and putts out to win the hole and the match! Well done Alex and Henry!

 

A well earned sort-drink for the boys!

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29th May 2015

The Millennium Bowl

The annual competition was held at The Leicestershire this year. The rains came in the morning, which was grim indeed, though matters brightened up for the 1pm shotgun start. It was good to see old friends from the participating Clubs with Brocton Hall running out winners. The day however was put in to perspective as The Northampton Golf Club did not join us this year. Their Captain sadly passed away recently and the funeral was to be held on the same day. Our heart felt condolences to the Captain's family and friends. 

The 16th at The Leicestershire

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25th May 2015

Viscount Scarsdale

Another Bank Holiday and a another major mixed competition. Di and Joe Redmond were great company as ever, myself and the Lady Captain missed out on the prizes by one shot and the worthy winners were Mr and Mrs McGregor. The honourable Richard and Emma joined us for dinner too.

 

Di looks on as the Lady Captain chips (again) to the 14th

 

Going in to 16

Followed by Di

 

Charming!

 

Clare and the Flower Garden join us for dinner 

 

As did the Honourable Richard and Emma hosted by the Lady Captain

 

The inimitable Ken has seen it all before!!

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24th May 2015

The Close Trophy v The Neals

A sparkling Sunday morning of foursomes golf against the Neals in the Close Trophy. Myself and the Lady Captain came a close second yet still enjoyed the day. Good luck to them in the competition!

Ian assessing his tee shot on 3

Lady Captain to follow

KC played well again!

 

Lady Captain chipping (!) on 7 with her own gallery!

 

Beautiful surroundings we often don't appreciate!

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17th May 2015

KPGC Junior Coaching

Poppy and Daisy continue to enjoy their golf with Phil leading the way. There is a strong Junior section who thoroughly enjoy themselves, long may it continue!

A well earned break!

 

Think Goose!

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10th May 2015

KPGC Burd - Osbourne Driver

Early start for me and Andy in our match against Howard Cooper and Adrian Lilley. Plenty of shots given here, not to mention the brandy chasers offered for each of their shot holes! A highly competitive game with us running out winners 3 & 2. Played in great spirit it was a thoroughly enjoyable day.

Howard finds the rough and eventually his ball!

"you wanna see how close I can get this"?

"it's gonna be stiff"!

Howard - "Well, Adrian, not so stiff then"!?!?

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8th May 2015

Rainbows Trust Golf Day

A full field for a fabulous charity. Marvellous contribution by Robbie McGregor in arranging a faultless day, backed by sponsors, members and guests alike over £10,000 was raised on the day. Superb!

Not quite a Rainbow for The Rainbows Trust day but beautiful nonetheless! 

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7th May 2015

Kedleston Park v The Police The Emery Hadfield Trophy

A fabulous evening in the company of the Derbyshire Police Golf Society. Myself and Ian played against their Captain Mr Andrew Picken and Mr Paul Tatlow. It was a fabulous game where we threatened to run away with it but they chased us down with some wonderful golf for a honourable half. We ran out winners over all and retained the 'Cuffs' trophy!

We retain the Cuffs!

 

 

Ian, Paul and Ian

 

Great food as ever

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4th May 2015

Mixed Am-Am at Kedleston Park Golf Club

The course recovered superbly and was presented in fine fashion. We partnered the Neals to a fine third place and the Styles team played well for the win! Happy days.

 

Ian lines up another drive

 

Lady Captain on 3

 

Followed by KC

 

Lady Captain chipping on 7 with her own gallery!

 

Lady Captain fires one in to 16

 

As does KC!

 

Past and present Lady Captains

 

 

Always good company!

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3rd May 2015

Drabble Cup, Sayers Cup and KPGC Mixed match v Rothley

Well, that was going to be a busy day! However, the rain intervened as Horsley was under water and the match against Rothley postponed till later in the year. DUGC have rearranged the Drabble and Sayers Cups for 21st June, same day as my Captain's Charity Breakfast Shotgun! Another busy day in June!

 

26th April 2015

The Norman Ward Memorial Trophy

Kedleston Park Golf Club v Derbyshire

Our annual match against the County is always eagerly anticipated and today lived up to expectations. Mr President, John Rawson, was stellar company as ever as was the County's Captain, Chris Drabble. They nearly picked our pockets but Ian and I managed to extend our unbeaten run. The County won through 5 & 3 and we wish them well for the coming season!

 

Ian holes out on 7, Chris, the County's Captain watches on

 

From the green back to the 12th tee

 

Ian fires into the 13th with Mr President looking on

 

Ian off 17

 

The other matches roll in

 

The Norman Ward Trophy

 

Mr President addresses the teams

 

23rd April 2015

1st & 2nd Team match against Branston

The course was presented in excellent condition. Matched by the company of Branston's Vice Captain Steve and professional Richard. Ian played well with birdies on 10, 11, 12, 13 and we won our game 5 & 4. That said Branston played well to win the match. Another late night at the Club (!) why ever not!

 

 

 

21st April 2015

Kedleston Park Golf Club Q & A Night

Successful night at the Club hosted excellently by the Chairman

 

19th April 2015

Kedleston Goblets

Super day at the Club with Mr and Mrs Dogget winning the spoils with 38 points. Well played indeed!

 

 

19th April 2015

Past Captain's breakfast hosted by the Chairman

The breakfast was excellent, the company even better and the Club continues to stride onward!

  

12th April 2015

The Steve Hollins Memorial Trophy

Another date not to be missed in the Kedleston diary. With 66 competitors and over 130 sitting down for a fabulous meal there is always a great atmosphere at this special day. Hosted excellently, as ever, by Richard the conditions were challenging producing two worthy winners in Di Redmond and Steve Pincbeck, well played indeed!

Last but not least thanks to Richard Hollins for another fantastic day!

 

Bill, our comedian for the day was fabulous! Richard the rose between two thorns!

 

A full bar

 

A full bar 2

 

A full dining room

 

Anna and Jean catch up over dinner

 

Now, if I hurry I'll be able to snaffle that cheese as well...

 

They spotted me!

 

Phil is in training for a 9 hole challenge. Mr. O'Neill threw down the gauntlet offering two shots per hole, Phil accepted the challenge on condition both have two shots prior to each tee shot too! (Hic!)

The date for this year's Skins Match will be released soon. No tickets will be issued though it is advised that you take your places early, preferably behind the tee!

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10th April 2015

Race Night

A fabulous night at the Club. A full race card with all having a great time, young and old! Marvellously run by Emma and Michelle this is a night not to be missed in Kedleston's calendar. When over £250 is made for the Captain's charities all is well with the world!

Studying the form

 

Runners in Race 7

 

 

Yours truly, Kurt and Andy

 

Place your bets!

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9th April 2015

Phil's Junior Golf Camp

The Flower Garden report this to have been a rip roaring success!

 

Got to love that swing/follow-through from Daisy! That's my girl!

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6th April 2015

Evelyn Wright Mixed Foursomes

Spring has sprung and the sun shone on the righteous! Fabulous weather greeted us for the first 18 Hole competition the Evelyn Wright. It was a great day. Super company in KC and Ian Neal who played very well on a course presented by David and his team in excellent condition. Dinner afterwards was a great success too with nearly everyone stopping for dinner from a full field. Debutants and 'old-hands' alike were heard to say how much they enjoyed the day. Our winners, whose names will grace the Boards in time were Mr. & Mrs. McGregor with 36 points, well played indeed!

A glorious sight!

 

No finer place to be!

 

Our table

 

One half of the winning duo!

 

Me, KC and Di

 

Clare and the Flower Garden

 

Ken & Eileen

 

It's all good!

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5th April 2015

Junior Coaching with Phil

Has Spring arrived? Glorious morning on the putting green. The Flower garden can certainly putt! Yes, I don't know where they got it from either...


 

4th April 2015

Gentlemen's Locker Room

I don't know why anyone, least of all me, should ever be surprised when we are at the Club. Today, this was left in the Locker Room, the mind boggles!

 

4th April 2015

Kedleston Park Golf Club 1st Team v Burton on Trent Golf Club 1st Team

I had a fantastic time today joining the 1st Team for my first match of the year against Burton. Thank you to all of the team for making me very welcome, it is very much appreciated. Unfortunately Burton's Captain was unable to attend but their IPC Mr. John Banton was marvellous company as was their inimitable professional Mr. Gary Stafford. It is always a delight to be in Gary's company and John was the perfect gentleman too.

Brunch served at midday by Wildgoose  was exceptional as ever as was how the course was presented by Dave and his team. The course was wet in places but not as bad as expected. We are blessed indeed to have staff at the Club who work to the very highest standards!

There are many Captain's privileges and the pleasure of the company of our Professional Mr. Ian Walley is certainly one of them! Ian played beautifully today (eagle, birdie start!) shooting 67, a truly super round of golf. I played okay on the front nine making some great (!) up and downs to contribute and shot 40 (!) coming home, we gelled well for a very good win 6 & 5.

Our 1st Team played very well, you will be pleased to hear, against a strong Burton Team and won the match 6 - 0, a truly great performance indeed! Many thanks to Ian, Mr. Chairman, for selecting and organising a stellar team who has set the bar very high for the season.

Long may that continue!

 

Brunch

 

Paul, with a soft-drink!

 

Mr. Gary Stafford on 6

 

Ian, as ever always looking to learn. Or taking the opportunity of a Twitter post!

 

A well earned drink in the bar

 

Ian and Burton's IPC John Banton

 

Thanks to everyone who took part, you have made it a truly memorable day for me!

 

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29th March 2015

Carden Park away weekend

Well, the build-up matched the trip, a fantastic time was had by all. Many thanks to the 52 members who supported me on our trip to Carden Park. The weather forecast looked gloomy leading up to event but save for one downpour we stayed dry! There are times when 'what happens on tour stays on tour' and this should probably be one of those occasions. Idle gossip of spontaneous illness and inappropriate car parking shall not be mentioned. That said a picture will often reveal all.

We played the Nicklaus Course first, which is quite a walk, and very much a Nicklaus design. There was a huge storm, when we were on the 14th, that lasted 10 minutes. The storm was one strong enough to turn inside out the best 'storm proof' umbrella! Still, windy enough afterwards to dry us all out. Great company in Jack Russell, Fred Davidson and Robert Simpson made for a lovely day.

A drink, or two, was had in the Clubhouse afterwards. Swiftly followed by a shower and change for dinner for 8.30pm. We had a private room where the food was excellent and the wine flowed! Happy days indeed!

The draw for the Am-Am took place for the following day with many interesting match-ups! Aiden Murfin and Jake Beardsley were heard negotiating terms with the staff for the loan of Ear-Defenders!  Then everyone retired to the bar, where the wine flowed some more! New friendships made, old ones confirmed; a fabulous evening/night/morning was had. I am told I retired to bed at 3.30am and certainly wasn't the last. When asked what time the bar staff were allowed to close the bar apparently they cited that it was unique still to be open when in full day light!

After a hearty breakfast (fabulous) we set off on the Cheshire Course and I opened up with a birdie two to set the scene for a great round with great company in Ralph Jones, Ian Bradbury and Wayne Hart. We finished one of only four teams under par! I think the highest completed (!) round was 8 over...

Showered and changed we congregated in the Clubhouse bar for a brief presentation. Our professional Ian Walley, John Waterson, Fred Davidson and Guy Oates winning the day with 7 under, well played gentlemen.

Thanks to Ian Walley for helping to organise a faultless trip and thanks again to all those that joined me making it a truly memorable experience!

Carden Park

 

The boys arrive

 

Have a good game IPC!

 

A joust for balls on the putting green

 

1st tee on The Nicklaus Course at Carden Park. RB lines one up...

 

and lets it go!

 

"on the tee, Mr. Brian Spence"!

 

Aiden Murfin - "note to self, when going on a golf trip I must remember to bring my clubs next time"

 

Charlie Hudson, good lad and a chip off the old block too!

 

Rambo - "Now, Wayne, just listen to me and you'll be okay"!

 

Me and Jack on the 1st

 

Barely six weeks after a new knee Webbo powers one down the 1st. Great to see you on form again Martin!

 

Mr O'Neill down the middle

 

Wayne Hart follows him...

 

Pete's not sure...

 

Fred Davidson, the sun always shines on the righteous!

 

It's about to rain on him too!

 

Rob lines one up

 

Fred, walking towards the 16th tee

 

Andrew taking all the layers off

 

In the Clubhouse

 

Hear no evil, speak no evil and see no evil... (You decide)

 

The putts that got away

 

All good company

 

Quickly to the bar at the hotel

 

IPC

 

Sitting down for dinner

 

The food was lovely...

 

Only Rambo could do this!

 

RB - "Just like that"!

 

The Am-Am draw

 

Mr Chairman and Nish

 

"But Rich, I feel fine"!

 

and then the singing started

 

IPC, initially reluctant to join in...

 

though was persuaded

 

Happy days indeed!

 

The morning after the night before...

 

Blue skies for the Cheshire Course at Carden Park as some prepare for their round...

 

While CB takes advantage of a late tee time

 

The 10th tee on The Cheshire

 

Always good to get drawn with Ian, he brings his own stake!

 

Ralph tees off from the 18th

 

As does Ian, it's a great final tee shot. Only the very best can birdie this hole!

 

Back in the Clubhouse

 

It's all too much for Ian

 

Tired but happy we all wend our merry way home!

Thanks again to all for a truly memorable weekend!

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28th March 2015

Derbyshire v Yorkshire at Kedleston Park Golf Club

An early start for me, candle certainly being burned at both ends! On the tee at 8am then watching some very talented young golfers in the morning foursomes. 

Delighted to host lunch at the Club welcoming the President and dignitaries of Yorkshire as well as friend of Kedleston, President John Rawson of Derbyshire. Fabulous company/atmosphere at the Club and highly competitive on the course, a great day was had by all!

 

Happy days! Daisy telling 'em how we do it in Derbyshire!

Mr Chairman and ihe incoming President of Yorkshire

 

Poppy was 'hank marvin'!

 

Very tired... (but loving every minute!

 

JB holding court!

 

Former Yorkshire President John chats with Derbyshire's President John!

 

27th March 2015

The Society of Derbyshire Golf Captains

Forty-Ninth Annual Dinner

Meeting at the Club at 6pm we were royally transported to and from Chesterfield Football Club to attend the Society of Derbyshire Golf Captains. I had a great time supported by friends and mentors alike, happy days!

 

"No, really Wilson. It's this big" 

 

24th March 2015

Kedleston Park Golf Club Italian Night 

A fabulous evening hosted by Philip Tresase and Peter Allen from Weavers. The antipasti (Michelle!) and wine (Weavers)  was superb, resulting in a considerable order from yours truly. Someone has to do it!

Congratulations to Emma for organising a special evening, I look forward to the next one and recommend you drop by too. You won't be disappointed!

 

Holding court with the Chairman!

Philip and Peter line everything up!

Settling in

Now, don't spit!

 

Delicious!

 

22nd March 2015

Nine Hole Mixed Competition

Twas a busy day! I had the pleasure to partner Elspeth who was sterling company as was the Skidmores. Thoroughly enjoyable in glorious Spring sunshine. We now move on to full mixed competition beginning at Easter!

 

22nd March 2015

Kedleston Park Junior Girls

Another great coaching session by Phil on the large practice ground today. This is certainly a talented group showing lots of promise!

 

 

 

21st March 2015

Captain on Tour, the Carden Park Draw!

A fantastic night at the Club where the opening Better-Ball pairings were drawn for our trip to Carden on 29th March. There were some interesting pairings and much banter in the 'blind' Champions League style draw. A truly special atmosphere in the Club, tempered only by Derby's defeat at Wolves. Even that couldn't spoil the fun had. We shall do this again, probably for the Captain's Charity Breakfast Shotgun on 21st June, get your names in now! The draw for the Am-Am competition on Monday at Carden Park will be held before dinner on the Sunday evening. I have had several messages asking for teams to remain as is and I am tempted to let this happen (!) anyone object? (Please imagine mischievous laughter)

The calm before the storm

I hope I get you Bill!

Arthur and Fred talking prices and odds

 

The Draw!

 

15th March 2015

Kedleston Park Junior Girls Coaching 

Poppy and Daisy (Flower Garden) loved the opening of Phil's Junior coaching programme today. Joined by their friend Ava Spare they holed miles of putts! Happy days! If you would like to speak to Phil or Ian about our fantastic Junior programme please ring the Pro' shop on 01332 841685 

 

8th March 2015

Terry Corden's Archerfield Tour

Terry very kindly invited me and 10 others to Archerfield. It's always a pleasure to go and see DJ and play both the Fidra and Dirleton courses. A fabulous time was had by all, but what happens on tour stays on tour! (Any reasonable donation to the Captain's Charity will of course secure you tales of debauchery and the odd incident or two to keep you entertained!) Once again thank you to Terry for his hospitality and generosity, second to none Terry. Thank you too to everyone for their donations to the Captain's Charity, via Terry, very kind indeed raising £240!

Me and everyones friend Terry

 

First tee on Fidra with Rambo, he played well and dropped miles of putts

 

Stories of the ones that got away in the Clubhouse afterwards with the master DJ!

 

Terry's lodge for drinks

 

Old friends catching up! Nice to see Billy playing well again too!

 

 

Browsing the menu at The Open Arms

 

Always worth a visit here

 

Everyone together in our private room, The Library 

 

 

All fed and suitably watered!

 

Great friends one and all!

 

Kenny had forgotten his spectacles (!) so Bernhard read through the menu...

 

Back for a nightcap!

 

My lodge, Number 1, sleeps six in the height of luxury. Every year we go and we never get tired of it. If you haven't been then Archerfield should be top of your list. 

 

Clubhouse for breakfast, splendid!

 

Rob eyes the weather, Bernhard eyes the kippers!

 

Gold! Rambo and 'Athlete' in the same picture!

 

The newly opened Nike centre at Archerfield is nothing short of superb!

 

Kenny strides up the first on Dirleton, our Lodges in the background.

 

The inimitable DJ Russell, superb company and a great striker of the golf ball!

 

Yours truly caught in a green side trap by 'The Big House'

 

Jack putting out. He played well with DJ. I drew Kenny, still the weather was nice!

 

Impromptu lesson from the master

 

"No, try and get those arms straight..."

 

"Oh, I see you can't because..."

 

"Now, how do I get out of this"?

 

Out for dinner in North Berwick

 

Someone ordered this! A sleeve of balls for the first correct answer as to who?

 

After a long day back to Terry's for a night cap. The lads getting comfy!

 

Perhaps a little too comfy?

 

7th March 2015

Past Captain's Dinner

I and the Lady Captain had the honour of hosting the past Captain's Dinner at Kedleston Park Golf Club.

A very special evening with an atmosphere all of its own. A truly memorable experience!

Thank you to everyone for making us so welcome.

 

3rd March 2015

Gentlemen's Evening

Courtesy of Burns Ramsden Promotions another super evening was in prospect for us at this Gentlemen's Evening. Kenny and Pete hosted the event in their inimitable fashion and as ever the night didn't go by without incident! Fantastic food and great company, as ever, made for a great evening for me topped off with generous donations by Kevin Feeney and Terry Corden for auction. All proceeds have gone to the Captain's Charity for which I am very grateful, a truly amazing £450! Thank you to Mr. Paul Hopkinson and Mr. Stephen Pountney for their amazing winning bids!

 

IPC, old friends and new...

 

Rambo regales the Comedian

 

Kenny entertains the Cricketer (Who denies being coached as a youth by Mr. W. Kerr)

22nd February 2015

Mixed 9 Hole Competition

Brave souls one and all went out to play in probably the most bitterly cold conditions in living memory, better still we all finished the round! No photographs as I had that many layers on I couldn't handle the camera! Frostbite was a legitimate concern.

Congratulations to the winners Mr and Mrs McGregor and Mr and Mrs Allen!

18th February 2015

Rotary Club Dinner

I was invited to speak to a fine group of gentlemen who visit the Club each Wednesday. I had a fabulous time, I hope they did too.

14th February 2015

Valentine's Night at the Club

A fabulous atmosphere at the Club and a truly great night. Table magic from Luca keeping the masses happy and dancing in to the wee small hours again. The food from Phil and Michelle was, as ever, superb as was the service from Emma and the staff. Yet another marvellous night!

Be my Valentine?

 

Superb food

 

Be still my beating heart!

Pick a card, any card!

 

 

 I promise to return your ring (!)

 

There it is!

 

A big table!

 

Great company, happy days

 

What is that?

 

Looks lovely, what do you think Barbara?

 

Look, he's doing it again Jean!

 

Ready for action...

 

Ding dong!

 

It'll be sad to see the Fergusons move away from Derbyshire, we hope they'll return often!

 

Now concentrate...

 

Now, how did he do that?

 

Happy Valentine's day 2015!

 

31st January 2015

My 50th Birthday Party

The place was rammed full with family and friends, I am honoured indeed that everyone took the time to come, thank you to you all. If you had half as good a time as I did then you had a blast!

The company was fabulous, the food from Michelle and Phil outstanding, as was the music from Ed'! We danced to the small hours, Northern Soul (mine) reverberating around the Club.

I'll add some more thanks shortly, in the meantime I was delighted that my dear mother and father were made so welcome again at the Club. Thank you.

It was truly humbling to receive all of the kind gifts, DVDs, alcohol, books, alcohol, dinner out for the family, alcohol, golf balls, alcohol, vouchers, alcohol and of course alcohol! (Hic!)

A truly memorable night with those most dear to me to share it with, thank you again.

The Flower Garden with Grace and Flynn

With great friends Mark and Kate

Aidan, the lads and their wives came too!

With my dear Mother and Father

More good friends, enjoying the excellent food

Gorgeous George in a familiar place (note: looking around for someone to buy it for him!)

Chazz, top drawer as ever with Harriet making a dash for it. The staff (friends really) were superb!

IPC doing the rounds!

A rare sight on the night, Rambo sitting down!

Friends all  (Yorkshire continent), it was a lovely atmosphere!

Poppy and Daisy helping the old man with the candles

A few words of thanks

The girls with their Grandma

Lots of dancing!!!!!!

Daisy - "Rambo, are you sure"!

Girls in da house

Girls in da house 2, boys watching on!

 

27th January 2015

Super Rams 2 v 0 Blackburn Rovers

Delighted to be asked by Mr. Gary McBride to join him in the 'big seats' at the I-Pro Stadium with fellow members and friends Chris Nye and Peter Siddall. A super night, we were fed and watered (!) royally, topped off with another win as the Rams march on.

Thank you Gary, I had a marvellous evening.

 

 

 

25th January 2015

Winter 9 hole Mixed Competition

A thoroughly sparkling, though chilly day at Kedleston Park Golf Club. Equally sparkling was the company of Mr. and Mrs Neal who played very well indeed. Whilst myself and the Lady Captain had a thoroughly enjoyable day we settled for mid-table mediocrity in the final standings. 

Talking of final standings runners up with an excellent score of 22 stableford points was Mr and Mrs McGregor eclipsed only by playing partners Mr and Mrs Allen winning score of 23 points, well played indeed!

Dinner afterwards was of the customary high standard enjoyed by all, not least the Flower Garden!

More happy days!

 

 

24th January 2015

Michelle's Birthday Celebrations

A superb night at the Club celebrating Michelle's 40th birthday, hard to believe isn't it! Great food, music and company. Members, staff past and present danced to the 'wee hours' again! Many happy returns to you Michelle! Especially from Poppy and Daisy xxxx

 

 

23rd January 2015

Burns Night Supper

What a fabulous night! Gentlemen began to arrive at 7pm, the last to leave, Mr. I. Willdisclose (for a charitable donation), left at 2.30am Saturday morning!

It was a perfect mix of culture and humour celebrating the life and times of Burns with every contribution outstanding. The brothers McGregor, Brian Spence, Donald Robb, Wilson Howden and Mike Farrell our wonderful comedian. Last but by no means least Emma Healy, the wonderful Emma, responded to the 'Toast to the Lassies' in a marvellous fashion, memorable indeed!

A wonderful menu from Michelle and Phil complemented by whisky and wine made for a special evening for all. Many thanks to everyone that contributed and everyone that came to what was a special night that will live long in the memory!

A few photographs were taken for posterity. Happy days!

In preparation...

 Uncle F, making his Burns debut!

 

My great friend Wilson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Room full of friends actually, IPC and Mr Ferguson

Wilson addresses the haggis, to great acclaim once again! (Nick looks a little pensive...)

Our comedian Mike, warms up...

The Top Table

Emma's response to the Laddies. Awesome!

and when it all was over many retired to the bar for a song and a nightcap, again and again and again...

"Trailer for sale or rent, rooms to let 50 cents"!

 

17th January 2015

Winter League Am-Am

Great day with Bernhard Brogan, Nick Goodwin and the inimitable Kenny Burns (17 under, good but no cigar!). Laughed all the way round, Nick on great form counter acting the Kenny effect! Kenny was hiding from 'the game' but ultimately had the last laugh in the bar afterwards, behind which Emma showed a remarkable amount of restraint and of course professionalism. Ho hum!

 

16th January 2015

Captain's Away Day

I can confirm that my Captain's Away Day will be held on the 25th September 2015, details to follow.

 

10th January 2015

Captain's Drive-In New Year's Day 2015 Kedleston Park Golf Club

Surprisingly fresh, bearing in mind the excesses of the previous evening we set about our day. With the girls as scary witches keen to chase Scooby Doo and Daphne we got aboard our Mystery Machine (many thanks to our great friend Aiden Murfin) and headed for the Club.

Having been chased, in front of all those people, I settled for my drive and was pleased to make the fairway! Doubly pleased not to hit the snap-hook, sorry if that ruled you (95%) out of the sweep!

Come to think of it I've not hit the fairway since...

Having retired to the bar it began to dawn on me just how many people had come along, humbling indeed.

Mr. Roy Battelle very kindly took photographs of the day, though it was warm in that suit, thank you Roy (Rory) for giving us a lasting and treasured memento of the day.

Our day continued with a marvellous lunch. We had a fabulous time joined by the Chairman Ian and his wife KC; Robert, our General Manager, his wife Kate and their children George and Abigail and last but not least my dear Mother and Father. Our day couldn't get any better!

There was a superb atmosphere at the Club, it was full again for the New Year's Day Lunch.

Many thanks to everyone for making it such a special day for me and my family.

I hope you enjoyed the Scooby snacks!

 

3rd January 2015

New Year's Eve Celebrations 2014/2015 Kedleston Park Golf Club

What a fabulous night was had by all! Superb from start to finish, the Club decked out like a picture, dinner of the highest order and the wine flowed (though I was mindful of my duties the following morning)! The company was splendid too, when you could get them off the dance floor!

 

A night to remember

 

 

27th December 2014

Captain and crew off to Carden Park 29th March 2015

Myself and Ian, our professional, discussed the merits of organising a 'season starting' golfing trip away. Perhaps a quiet affair, could we get 12 or 16? With Ian's contacts and considerable reputation we managed to secure a trip to Carden Park, Cheshire. Rounds of golf on both their Nicklaus and Cheshire golf courses separated by a quiet evening in the hotel, dining and perhaps sampling the local ales.

Well, we were most pleasantly surprised at the interest, Ian has worked tirelessly with Carden Park to accommodate a now closed list of 55! With deposits paid and room pairings agreed (!) it augurs well for a special time away at the end of March.

Might not be the quiet time away after all! There will be pictures, so watch this space.

 

(Advance notice - The Captain's official Away day will be on September 25th 2015, news and details to follow)

 

 

20th December 2015

Kedleston Park Golf Club Annual General Meeting 27th November 2014

I was thrilled to be nominated as Captain for 2015 and was was very much looking forward to the AGM. I wasn't too concerned at the prospect, having spoken at several AGMs, however I didn't anticipate how my pride in being nominated would quicken the pulse as much as it did! If you weren't able to attend, or indeed if you missed the clue for the Captain's Drive-In here it is in full!

 

Captain’s Speech 27th November 2014

Mr. President, Past Captains, Lady Captain, Ladies and Gentlemen members of Kedleston Park Golf Club…

  • Firstly, it’s a huge honour to be invited to be Captain of this great Club for 2015 and not a responsibility that will be taken lightly. 
  • I’m privileged indeed. I will endeavour to uphold the traditions of the Club and will represent the Club to the best of my abilities. Please be assured, as ever, of my best intentions at all times.
  • May I congratulate our Lady Captain Lesley Loring. I am looking forward to our year! 
  • May I present Leslie with this bouquet of flowers by way of advance thanks in anticipation of a great year.

 

  • I would also like to congratulate our new Junior Captain Adam Feeney. I’ve a huge amount of respect for Adam, if you didn’t know. 
  • I’m positive we will work well together, let me know if I can be of any help. I’m putting one in the bank there Adam, go easy on us in the Competitions next year!

 

  • To our outgoing Lady Captain, affectionately known to me as Mrs Coe, many congratulations on a marvellous year. One of your Charities is particularly close to my heart and I personally know how much will be gained by the children of the Royal School for the Deaf. You should be proud indeed.

 

  • Mr Captain, where to start! Known affectionately to US his friends as the Big Man, and with good reason! 
  • He may have taken too literally the advice to emulate our Ryder Cup heroes - Jacklin, Gallagher, Ballesteros et al to be a non-playing Captain! 
  • Joking aside your commitment, humour and sheer presence has been an inspiration. A fantastic year!  
  • Big man indeed, big man indeed (heart)!

 

  • Moving on!
  • I certainly had no idea or indication that I may be standing here. Which brings to mind a private conversation I had with Gerald, Mr. Pykett just three weeks or so ago. 
  • Gerald and I have spoken again since and my personal opinion of Gerald has not changed. He is the perfect gentleman and more. 
  • All I can do Gerald is offer you my support and best wishes for a speedy return to full fitness and I’m sure everyone here will echo that!

 

  • The STORY
  • Well, there was a knock on the door! After a very busy week we didn’t need visitors, the bar had already opened after all! It was Mr Captain! 
  • We sat and talked, forever between us SIR, he refused a drink! Come to think of it he may not have been offered one!
  • and Clare began to cry! With pride and joy! 
  • Our daughters Poppy and Daisy were equally happy but didn’t have a (Scooby do/Clue) how tears of joy worked! 
  • However, they were bouncing and very excited at the news!
  • I was taken to the Club (Peter Sterling) to meet the Past Captains, humbling indeed. Not often speechless.
  • I was also told to shave off my Movember Tache, I was pleased to do so with donations of course gratefully received! 
  • Truth be told i was pleased to shave it off! Particularly as I was going to have my photograph done!
  • Better still… On my return, rounding off a perfect day
  • Poppy and Daisy had stayed up to see me on my return! 
  • Cue my own tears of joy!

 

  • Clare and I had the pleasure of celebrating our 25th Wedding Anniversary in September this year a remarkable achievement nowadays but more so bearing in mind my role as Chairman. I’m very lucky indeed to have my family’s support!
  • I have my 50th birthday to celebrate in the New Year. 50 always seemed a long way away… I hope it’s only half way!
  • I will enjoy my birthday here and hope my friends here can share that with me too!
  • If you don’t know me so well, or haven’t already gathered My family is EVERYTHING to me so please expect to see more of Clare, Poppy and Daisy this year! (Christmas Mixed on Sunday for example)
  • After all Poppy and Daisy, AS MEMBERS, are the future of our Club!

 

  • Talk of the Chairmanship earlier brings me to mention the extraordinary contribution of Andrew Kay both as Chairman and in supporting the Club doing work largely unseen. He won’t thank me for saying so but hey, who cares!
  • Our current Chairman Ian Neal picked up the baton and works tirelessly for the Club too alongside our superb General Manager Mr Robert Simpson.
  • This coupled with Ian our excellent professional, Phillip so admired for good reason by all especially the Juniors and Michelle and Emma with all the staff who look after us so royally. 
  • Last but certainly not least my mentor and confidant Mr. President. A role model for us all!  We are in safe hands indeed!

 

  • It is of course customary to announce the Captain’s Charity for the year and I shall not disappoint. I will be pleased indeed to receive your support to my two chosen charities both close to mine and my family’s heart. 
  • Firstly, Diabetes UK. My wife Clare is a raving diabetic and of course some of you will know that our professional’s daughter Izzy is also a diabetic. For someone so young to start the journey that Clare has been on is truly moving so anything given will help so many people. 
  • My other Charity is Derbyshire Deaf Camp. For many years I volunteered to help disadvantaged young Deaf children enjoy some brief respite amongst friends at camps around the coast etc etc I’m extremely fortunate in being born in to the rich tapestry of a Deaf family and personally and professionally I have tried to give something back. Any support you can give me will be greatly appreciated

 

In conclusion…

  • Having been invited by Chris, the Captain, to come to the Club to meet the Past Captains and accept my nomination as Captain a friend of ours made his way through the throng and offered his hand…
  • And Gerry said… Congratulations Nigel, to be honest I did you a favour… I turned it down again…

 

  • Talking of friends I have many here, a place that is more than a Golf Club to me. 
  • I have always been immensely proud to be a member of KPGC
  • I am honoured to be your Captain!
  • Friends, I would ask you to please join me at the Bar for refreshments!

It was a good night!

 

 

 

 

 





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